No idea where to start?
Not sure what to teach or how to teach it … what’s right for your toddler?
Frustrated by boring toddler curriculums that don’t fit your toddler?
Tired of spending hours sifting through Pinterest and Google to find developmentally appropriate educational activities?
Down on yourself because you got everything planned but can’t seem to get started?
You are NOT alone:
“I was having trouble initiating and finding the motivation to do some activities. I felt like I had to start completely from scratch and make everything perfect.”
“I’ve seen a lot of curriculums out there, and most of them seemed too concept-based instead of experience based. My son is a very physical boy, so he doesn’t sit well.”
“I was having a hard time coming up with activities that were age-appropriate for my toddler. I thought that I should be able to work out a plan by myself, but didn’t know where to start.”
It’s a meaningful and influential way for you to spend time with your toddler.
You can provide the kind of educational environment you want for your tot, filled with creative play around his or her unique interests.
You get to have the best hours of your toddler … they’re not coming back to you all tired and tantrum-y from an overstimulating pre-school room.
You’ll have more freedom and flexibility since you’re not tied down to a school schedule.
You can save a LOT of money.
You’ll have your precious toddler home with you more often and you’ll know exactly what’s going on.
If your tot has behavioral challenges, you can provide more consistency and follow-through to support your child.
Am I challenging my child enough … or too much?
Am I missing some key skills and knowledge?
Am I doing right by my tot?
What methodology should I follow?
Which lessons are the right ones for my kiddo?
How do I TEACH? What activities should I use? Will my kid like it?
You can teach your toddler without dry, boring premade programs.
You can teach your toddler in a way that’s fun for both of you.
Organized enough to follow, yet flexible enough so you can follow your child’s lead.
Process- and exploration-based.
Theme-based with literacy, math, science, arts, and technology interconnected.
Research-based, Mom-tested, Toddler-approved.
Designed by a certified teacher actively homeschooling her own toddler.
Because when you have a done-for-you curriculum with these high standards and must-haves ....
No more confusion about what to do, when to do it, or how to do it.
No more guesswork, no more wondering who to trust, or where to go for help.
Instead, you have a complete curriculum with specific guidelines and activities all prepared for you to implement based on your child’s interest, developed by a compassionate toddler mom and highly trained professional.
How does that feel?
Did a wave of relief wash through you?
Are you hopeful once again?
Do you feel supported and comforted knowing you have a detailed plan of action to help you homeschool your toddler?
Has that excitement to homeschool been re-ignited?
The child-led homeschool curriculum for moms who want to make sure they are
helping their toddlers learn while honoring their playful, inquisitive toddler ways.
Section 1: The Young Toddler
The Young Toddler is designed to expose toddlers to the Tot School concept. This includes developing a routine around your child’s natural flow and introducing activities. During this time, you’re encouraged to observe as much as possible to help set a routine and define interests.
Created for toddlers between 18 and 22 months-old, it is an excellent starting point for toddlers of any age.
Each month there is a new theme based around a color and shape, with sensory and motor activities, as well as an introduction to a variety of art mediums.
More laid-back, The Young Toddler eases your child into Tot School. This means you can take your time learning about their interests, how they learn, and develop your own routine around their natural flow.
Section 2: Letter Themes
Every letter of the alphabet is connected to a theme. This is not intended to be done alphabetically. Parents choose which theme/letter to do based on their toddlers interests or things happening in their lives. It’s designed to be used in conjunction with the Extra Themes:
Each letter of the alphabet has it’s own 2-week theme, though the primary focus is on the play-centered learning activities, with some exposure to the letter.
Each letter theme includes 4 tot trays, 6 theme activities, 2 sensory bins, a book list, songs/fingerplays, 2 letter activities, 2 shape activities, 2 color activities, a literacy connection, and 2 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) connections.
Section 3: Extra Themes
The Extra Themes include holidays and other themes toddlers are usually interested in. I add new themes to this section every month, and I develop new themes tailored to your toddler’s interests - just send in your request via email! (And at no additional cost to you!)
Themes in this section include holidays, seasons, and your toddler’s interests.
Each theme in this section includes 6 theme activities (or more), 2 tot trays, a book list, songs/fingerplays, a sensory bin, a literacy connection and 2 STEAM connections.
Online access means you can access new themes immediately.
If your toddler develops a new interest, send me an email and I’ll create a relevant theme for you at no extra cost.
So if your child loves pirates the same way my daughter Sicily loves farm animals, just let me know and you’ll get a new theme that will delight your toddler.
Weekly Planning template
Theme Extension ideas
Lyrics to songs and fingerplays
Recommended Read Alouds/Books
Suggested Ideas for Theme-based Sensory Bins
4 Tot Trays for building specific skills within the theme (e.g. fine motor, cognitive, math, …)
Literacy connections (theme-based story with retelling sensory play, Youtube video, extensions into art and cooking activities, and more.
Letters, shapes and colors introduced with a play-centered approach that supports skills like math, sensory, literacy, and fine motor learning.
Special theme activities that includes gross motor play, and many activities to choose from to support your toddler’s interests and learning needs.
Links to online videos I’ve selected on Youtube to accompany each theme.
Theme-specific printables to support and enhance the hands-on activities used in your lessons. All your resources are made for you!
And my pledge to you:
The supplies are simple to prepare & easy to find (bet you’ve already got most of them on hand) so you can spend more time WITH your child & less time PLANNING.
The Toddler Experience Curriculum is developmentally perfect for ages 18 months to 3 years old. That means no more guessing … you won’t frustrate your child, or under-challenge your tot … you’ll be confident and your tot will be engaged!
You’ll know the specific skill sets your toddler needs to have.
You’ll have 24-hour online access to the curriculum so you can print and prep whenever you have the time.
Themes are based on your toddler's interests (seriously, you can request specific themes that YOUR child will love and I’ll develop them for you and no extra cost! An endless supply!).
You’ll receive 5 one-month themes for colors and shapes suitable for ages 18 months to 22 months.
26 two-week themes for each letter of the alphabet for 2-year olds are included.
New themes are added on a regular basis and at your request.
All the activities are hands-on, process-based, play-oriented, and child-led.
I'll help you handle challenges that come up.
What you won't get:
A bunch of toddler worksheets and workbooks. Boo-hiss. Patooey!
Each theme includes activities to :
Develop a love of learning and reading.
Strengthen fine- and gross-motor skills.
Provide exposure to academic concepts including name, letters, counting, shapes, and color identification.
Develop strong problem solving skills, critical thinking skills, and creativity.
Help toddlers explore their world using all their senses.
Inspire and encourage their curiosity of the world by asking questions and seeking answers.
It's proven that toddlers learn best through hands-on sensory experiences. Every theme includes sensory bins, along with other sensory and open-ended experiences. The curriculum can be customized to every child, and most activities can be made easier or harder to fit your unique child’s abilities.
“The Toddler Experience Curriculum took out the hard work of planning.“
Hey Beautiful Mama! I'm Amanda, and I'm the founder of Sicily's Heart and Home where I teach mamas just like you how to teach your toddlers and preschoolers at home. Before becoming a stay at home mom, I was a teacher. I have a BS in Elementary Education and AA in Early Childhood Education. Most of my teaching career was in preschools and head start programs. I adore teaching toddlers.
I decided to leave public school teaching to homeschool my own children. I designed this curriculum because I couldn’t find a child-led curriculum that was flexible enough to meet my Sicily’s unique needs and interests.
I love using my teaching knowledge to help other parents who know child-led is the right approach for their child, but aren’t quite sure how to go about it.
With The Toddler Experience Curriculum, I’ve designed a curriculum that allows for you to nurture your child’s unique interests. This is not a one-and-done “book.” I continually add new themes, at no extra cost, and love to get requests from moms for themes they want for their child. I love what I do and I’m so excited to help you and your toddler have a fantastic homeschool experience.
You may be wondering ...
Do I need to follow the curriculum exactly?
No. I provide resources in the curriculum to help you identify your toddler’s interests and choose a theme that best suits his or her interests. It’s a very flexible curriculum. The flow depends on your child. If interested, there are enough activities to keep going into a third week. But if it turns out your toddler isn’t really interested in that topic, you’re encouraged to stop and move onto a new theme. There are over 50 themes right now and more are added every month..
Are there tests or grades?
No, The goal of the curriculum is to expose toddlers to academic concepts and build a lifelong love of learning. Toddlers are not expected to remember the academic skills at this point. It’s about exposure, not formal lessons with worksheets and rote memorization.
Can I REALLY teach my toddler, even though I'm not trained?
Yes. Research shows it is your dedication and effort, not special training, that lead to outstanding homeschooling results. And with The Toddler Experience Curriculum you’ll have the best of both - a curriculum designed by a certified teacher dedicated to homeschooling her own toddler.
How much time does it take to prepare?
Most activities can be set up in a few minutes the night before and most materials are already something you have on hand. You’re BUSY … I’m a mom of two little ones - believe me - I get it!
“His love of creative projects has been fostered. I am able to pick up on what he enjoys or doesn't more easily.“
“Amanda's program incorporates learning through experiences and doing, rather than a traditional sedentary approach to learning.“
Save endless hours searching for the how and the what to homeschool your toddler.
No more wandering through Pinterest (while ignoring your little one!) … no more cobbling activities together hoping you’re covering everything, no more conflicting advice, no more wondering what’s developmentally aligned with your toddler...
Schooling your child at home should be stress-free. Your time is better spent with your child in meaningful experiences. I’ve designed a curriculum that provides those experiences and frees up your time so you can enjoy the learning process.
Whether you’re in full toddler swing now, or still in the baby stage, it’s never too early to get ready to teach your little one.
“It’s incredibly well-developed“
I appreciate Amanda and The Toddler Experience because it is the only curriculum I could find meant for toddlers to be used by a parent at home rather than in a childcare setting. It's incredibly well developed and has so much to choose from that one can easily find something that will appeal to their individual toddler's interests and abilities. I love that a million ideas that I could have spent hours rounding up online and then spent additional hours figuring out the best way to implement them, are already here and organized for me, which is just what this busy mama needed.
“It’s just so much easier“
I love how flexible the curriculum is. I can follow it as rigidly or as loosely as I feel. Now my son recognizes a routine and keeps me on track! It’s just so much easier to have the ideas and just quickly gather the materials. I also love how new themes are added every month. It’s like a membership without the constant cost.
Think about how nice it'll be to look back and say, "I'm SO GLAD I homeschooled my toddler... those years went by so fast and I'm so lucky I could share this with my child!"
Even if you don’t feel like you’re a natural teacher...
Even if you’ve tried homeschooling before…
Even if you’ve met with naysayers ...
You CAN do this and The Toddler Experience Curriculum gives you everything you need, including my support, as well as the support of other moms in our private FB community, I’ve helped so many moms out there have a fun, positive, ah-MAZE-ing experience homeschooling their toddlers.
There’s absolutely no reason you can’t join us in this loving and incredible experience.
I hate that you’ve experienced overwhelm or frustration when all you’ve wanted to do is do right by your child … to grow that love of learning in a play-oriented way that delights your toddler. That can all change right now.
"I love watching him learn and get better at activities!"
I love the flexibility of it. I go through each week and pick the activities we're going to do when and can adjust things based on my son's abilities or interests. The tot school has been wonderful to expand my son's skills, and I love watching him learn and get better at the activities!
And I love when my clients post pictures of their little ones learning and exploring in their own way. Many parents are surprised at how much their kid learns through a child-led approach, and I love seeing their excitement.I can’t wait to hear just how much you and your toddler enjoy The Toddler Experience Curriculum. See you on the inside, Mama!